The second of three acts of remembrance is due to take place today, to mark the 12th Anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.
At 5.45 pm, 24th April the organisers of this years act of remembrance will light three candles symbolising the three communities that were attacked, next to the red post box on Brick Lane where the bomb exploded. They will then walk down Brick Lane to Altab Ali Park, unfortunately the park is closed for refurbishment so the gathering itself will take place at the entrance of the park.
Yesterday, Mark Healey and his partner Ryan were out and about in Brick Lane talking to local shop keepers and handing out cards to remind people about the anniversary. Mark said “Like last year it’s going to be a fairly low-key event, symbolically lighting some candles and walking down to the entrance of Altab Ali Park. It will be a short gathering with a two-minute silence at 6.15pm to remember those injured locally, as well as all victims of hate crime. These acts of remembrance are important because they enable us to engage with people locally, to show that we have not forgotten what happened and that we are determined to work together to ensure that this does not happen again. It also provides us with an opportunity to promote some of the work that is being done to tackle local hate crime, and build links with local groups.”
These events give people the opportunity to meet and talk to each other, and hopefully form new friendships which we hope will enable people to work together to address local issues. After the act of remembrance, we are planning to go for a meal at the Sweet and Spicy Restaurant which was one of the premises damaged by the bomb.
Last year we worked in partnership with Police Safer Neighbourhood Team for Weaver Ward, and the “No Place for Hate Campaign” run by Tower Hamlets, and we are encouraging people to sign up and support this campaign. It is important to work with local groups, like Rainbow Hamlets – Tower Hamlets LGBT Forum.
Don’t forget to let us know if your coming by signing up the the Brick Lane Facebook event.